The Black Dress


By Pamela Freeman

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Can you love someone when you can't forgive them? Do you keep fighting for something you believe in when everyone is telling you you're wrong? The Black Dress is the incredible story of Mary MacKillop – an unconventional young woman born into a time and a religion bound by convention. What Mary did with her life would change the course of Australia's history

The Black Dress, by award-winning Australian author Pamela Freeman, brings to life the extraordinary childhood of Mary MacKillop – the only Australian to be sainted. This historical novel for young adult readers is about love, suffering, faith and kindness. It won the 2006 NSW Premier's History Prize for Young People. To find out more about Pamela, visit her website:

The Black Dress